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Installing Microsoft Office 2010 side-by-side with Office 2007

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I have purchased Microsoft Office 2013 standard, downgradeable to Office 2010 std.  

My intention is to run both Office 2010 and Office 2007 together, with the exception of Outlook which will have only 2010.  I have run the Microsoft OCT to configure the installation, Under Remove Previous Version, selected the second option and Remove None for all the products except Outlook.

However, it always removes the previous version.  I am using SCCM 2007 for the installation.

Also, in the Licensing section of the OCT I have selected the MAK key, entered my Office 2010 key, checked the I accept the terms option, Display level=None, and Suppress Modal is checked, yet after installation, users are required to activate the product.  Is there a way to get around this?  We didn't have to do this for Office 2007.  

Thanks in advance for all your help.
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by:Michael Machie
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Office suite is not designed to run alongside another installation of Office Suite and will cause problems, usually by corrupting one of the installations. Numerous articles can be found on how to make the registry edits but I have tried this no less than 25 times in different production and test environments, all resulting in me needing to remove one of the versions and finding/deleting orphaned registry settings.

My attempts were related to the need to have one User on the computer use Office2007 for a particular integrated feature and another User on the same desktop needing the updated Office2010.

I believe Microsoft has made the decision to automatically remove all previous versions when installing 2010, unless you perform an upgrade, to keep the above mentioned situation from occurring.
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I am wondering why Microsoft has  provided the option of having the two run side-by-side in the Office Customization Tool.

Any idea why the users have to activate the software themselves.  Can that be accomplished administratively without user intervention?

Thanks.
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by:Michael Machie
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In Office2007, you were required to enter in the product key at the first step of the install. What this allowed Admins to do was create an 'unattended installation' CD that would enter in all the information automatically without the need for User input. This was a great feature!.... Until people started copying these CDs and passing them out. Since the key was embedded in the install there was no way to really keep people from installing it even if they did not have a product key.

So, as you notice in Office 2010, you can install it and use it for 30-ish days before the big red bar at the top scares you, and eventually you can't save or send files.
Two reasons that I am aware of as to why they changed it.
1) To remove the possibility of the above mentioned Unattended Install CD
2) Most computers purchased from a retail vendor come with a Trial version of Office 2010 installed. Use it for 30 days, then pay for it. When you pay, you get a key, which you then input to activate. If the key was required at installation, the mass rollout from the Retail manufacturers would be much more time consuming on the retailer's part (which we know they don't like). Entering the key at install would also unlock the features for full use, which would mean people would have to pay for it whether they wanted it or not (you won't ever get a 'FREE' full version - you are paying for it somewhere in that price). So, activating this new way makes things much easier and more secure for Microsoft and partners.  

Can this be accomplished on the back-end somehow? Sure! Use an Application Server and Volume Licensing. Any company of any decent size should use Volume Licensing in my opinion, and if your company is big enough, an Application Server would help tremendously. I support upwards to 500 staff and machines and am now seriously considering going the App Server route. Currently I manually input the key after each installation.

Does someone else on Experts Exchange know of another, easier way to accomplish this?
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Thanks Machienet,

We actually have an SCCM 2007 which we intend to leverage for the Office 2010 deployment.  As mentioned in the original ask, we are using MAK, which I can configure using  OCT, however, when users start office the first time, it ask them to activate the product.  Obviously it accepts the MAK License because it allows them to activate by just selecting activate using the internet option without having to provide the license key.  

What I am hoping to achieve is to auto-activate without prompting the users.  

Thanks
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Unfortunately I have no further suggestions as all of my previous attempts to use multiple versions together have always failed.
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When I do a manual install, I can run the two version side-by-side, with the exception of Outlook.  I have therefore decided to install them manually.


Thank you all for your help.
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Tried all the previous suggestions but none of them worked.
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